Updates from DAAD: EQA and IQA training beyond and in synergy with HAQAA2
As part of the Training Component of HAQAA2, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and strategic regional partners in Africa (NAQAAE, CNAQ, ANAQ-Sup, CAMES, SARUA, IUCEA)are currently implementing a continental African training course on “IQA-4-Africa – From Pan-African Policy to Practice”, which is delivered in four cohorts. Cohort one (East Africa) completed their training week in December 2020 and Cohort 2, targeting francophone Africa, will undergo training in February 2021. In addition, DAAD continues to support quality assurance capacity development across Africa with other partners:
External Quality Assurance (EQA) in higher education for SADC countries
Focusing on External Quality Assurance (EQA) in higher education, UNESCO-IIEP, DAAD, and the Southern African Quality Assurance Network (SAQAN) have formed a partnership to jointly organize two blended-learning courses for selected countries in the SADC region. The objective of the joint initiative is to develop capacities of higher education officials to design and implement quality assurance systems or improve existing ones, in line with international good practices. The training builds on four online modules developed by UNESCO-IIEP followed by an online– seminar series enabling the participants to further develop group action plans and exchange experiences with other groups. The first blended-learning course was offered for national teams from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius and South Africa and has been completed with a face-to-face meeting organised by the DAAD in 2019 in Gaborone, Botswana. The second cohort currently involves QA professionals from Eswatini, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The final online seminars will be held in December 2020, organised by the DAAD.
TrainIQA for the SADC region: Launching 2020-2021
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the University of Potsdam (UP),Centre for Quality Development, are preparing for the “Training on Internal Quality Assurance – TrainIQA”, a multi-part training course which supports Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to set up effective and sustainable quality assurance (QA) structures at institutional level. The course will be offered in Africa and Southeast Asia, targets primarily QA officers but engages university leadership as well. Five core modules which combine leadership and management topics are being delivered and discussed among participants in a series of workshops and conferences as well as online. The first two trainings were conducted online in October2020 (South East Asia, in close cooperation with regional partners AQAN, AUN, SEAMEO RHIED, ENQA) and November 2020 (SADC region, in close cooperation with the Southern African Regional Universities Association, SARUA).In 2021 a third cohort for francophone African countries will be launched.
The SADC course forms part of DAAD’s engagement in Southern Africa aiming at strengthening capacities in EQA and IQA, starting with a policy seminar in Pretoria, South Africa (10/2017) and drawing also back on the results of a Study on “Regional Quality Assurance in Southern Africa (SADC)”published in 2018. All activities are implemented in the frame of the DIES programme (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies), an initiative which is jointly coordinated by the DAAD and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Call for ProGRANT 2021 in Western Africa.
The University of Cologne has published the next call for the DIES training course for proposal writing, called ProGRANT.The aim of DIES ProGRANT is to train younger researchers and young PhD holders in developing a promising proposal for national or internationalresearch funding. Until January 31st, 2021, 11 pm researchers from all disciplines can apply for this course.
The course will be open to younger researchers and PhD-holders from Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.
Please check the following website: